Government plans allowing police to stop people on the grounds of skin colour are discriminatory and amount to racial profiling, the official equalities body has warned ministers.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants the plans dropped and has warned there is a high risk that British and European laws will be broken, in a letter seen by the Guardian.
Serving officers represented by the Black Police Association have also damned the plans as a “concession to racism” as opposition to the measures intensifies.
The issue threatens to test the credibility of Conservative claims to be an inclusive party and drag the government into a dispute over race.
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